CHICAGO (CN) – A federal class action claims Denny’s serves food with dangerously high sodium levels, which it misrepresents with “indecipherable disclosures.” One meal at Denny’s “may contain more sodium than a human being should consume in 4 days,” the class claims.
A high sodium diet can lead to elevated blood pressure and hypertension, increasing the risk of stroke and heart disease, which kills “nearly 1 million Americans annually,” the class claims. It calls sodium the “deadliest ingredient” in food.
An independent laboratory analysis revealed that around 75 percent of Denny’s menu items contain much more than the 1,500 milligrams per day recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, according to the complaint.
Named plaintiff Jason Ciszewski says that three Denny’s menu items that he regularly ate – ‘Moons Over My Hammy,’ the ‘SuperBird Sandwich’ and the ‘Meat Lover’s Scramble’ – contain 3,200 mg., 2,600 mg. and 5,600 mg. of sodium.
Ciszewski says he suffers from high blood pressure, for which he was advised to take prescription medication and cut his salt intake. He says he was not aware of the high levels of sodium in Denny’s food because the restaurant chain “has made indecipherable disclosures” about sodium content.
He demands damages of more than $5 million for deceptive trade, breach of contract, breach of warranty, and unjust enrichment.
Class counsel is James Rowe with Larry D. Drury Ltd.